Bill and Betty Mead have sold the Tehachapi (California) News to the Bakersfield Californian daily newspaper, according to John T. Cribb, Bolitho-Cribb & Associates, who represented the sellers in the transaction. The sale will be effective June 1.

The Tehachapi News is an 8,000 paid circulation newspaper which was established shortly before 1900. The News also produces the Tehachapi Extra, a 9,000 circulation weekly shopper, the Southeast Kern Weekender, a 4,000 controlled circulation weekly newspaper, and Tehachapi’s Own Phone Book. Included in the sale was the building housing the business.

In 1977, the Meads became partners in the News with Warren and Barbara Johnson and Dick and Joan Johnson. The Johnson brothers had purchased the newspaper from their father, Walter Johnson, who bought it in 1943. In 1980, the Meads purchased the Johnsons’ interests.

Ginger Moorhouse, publisher of the Californian, said that Al Crisali Jr., who has been general manager at the News, will become its publisher. She said Bill Mead would continue writing his weekly column “The Overall Picture.” The Meads said they plan to remain in Tehachapi.

Bolitho-Cribb & Associates is a publishing company brokerage firm with offices in Montana, Florida, and Wyoming.

Published May 19, 1998

Tehachapi, CA